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Apple iPhone recycling scheme arrives in UK stores

Apple has extended its ‘iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program’ scheme into UK retail stores with customers able to apply a significant discount against the price of a new handset

The scheme allows old iPhones to be taken into retail stores and traded in to apply a discount to the new iPhone 5S or 5C, or the iPhone 4S.

"iPhones hold great value. So, Apple Retail Stores in the UK are launching a new program to assist customers who wish to bring in their previous-generation iPhone for reuse or recycling," said Apple in a statement, according to Digital Spy. "In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone."

Any iPhone model can be traded in with even the very first incarnation able to provide some savings against the cost of a new phone. iPhones are assessed against a number of parameters such as whether there is damage, if it functions correctly, and if the device has been reset to factory settings or is network locked.

As an example a black iPhone 4S [16GB] that has no liquid or display damage, works properly, has all content and settings removed, is network unlocked and comes with a power cord has a “fair market value” of £150.

Any damage to the device will render it almost worthless with a liquid damaged and cracked display on the same device mentioned above providing a saving of just £7.50 against the price of a new iPhone.

The savings vary widely across the range with the original iPhone [8GB] providing £8, iPhone 3G [8GB] £5, iPhone 3GS [8GB] £20, iPhone 4 [16GB] £100, and the iPhone 5 [32GB] giving £230.

Customers have been able to take part in the scheme online for some time and Apple began to roll out the retail store version in August with US customers the first to benefit from the ‘iPhone Reuse and Recycling Program’.